The Daily Chronicle from Centralia, Washington on September 11, 1974 · Page 1
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Pardons will be weighed case-by-case I'M V I A L) i ii · j " * lym i/\rJ -- ^resident entire narrtnnino nnwnrc nf thn r» j j ·· ... - . WASHINGTON ( A H ) ~ n herd will weigh Watergate pardon requests on a case-by-casc basis and "there never was any consideration of blanket amnesty or pardons," White House spokesmen said today. Republican congressional leaders and Ford's acting press secretary thus amended the position disclosed by the While House less than 24 hours earlier. In a series of clarifying statements, the spokesmen said lhat individual requests for presidential pardons from Watergate defendants would be considered, but lhat none are under consideration now. Acting White House Press Secretary John W. Hushen said "the entire pardoning powers of the President" are currently being studied. Hushen said Ihe central point is that "we're not just going to throw · in a wastebasket any request" for a pardon from Ford. Amid a wave of congressional protests over the Tuesday statement that "Ihe question of pardons is under study," Sen Hugh Scott, H-Pa., and Hep. John J. Hhodes, It-Ariz., met with Ihe President for an hour and 45 minutes. After that session, they issued a Ford statement saying lhat any , request for the pardoning of an individual is studied at the White House, but that no inference should be drawn about Ihe outcome of such a study. Ford described that statement to the congressmen as an effort to clear up misunderstanding iabout his position. Hushen told newsmen later: "There never was any consideration of blanket amnesty or pardons and I tried to indicate to you that you should not speculate that there was anything imminent or that anything at all would result On Tuesday, Hushen was asked"What is Ihe President's feeling about pardons for any of the other people involved in the whole Watergate thing?" "I'm authorized to say that Jhat Cenlralia-Chehalis, Washington Voters 'A Ihe Onalaska School District approved two measures of a five-proposition levy Tuesday, defeated two others and left a fifth proposition teelering on the edge of success of failure with 59.9 per cenl voter approval Wednesday and 14 absentee ballots to be counted. Tuesday marked the first favorable votes on maintenance and operation issues since 1969, when patrons on April 15 of thai year -- by a 72.13 per cent favorable margin -approved a $55,000 issue. Onalaskans also voted favorably on a bond issue in 1970, with 62.86 per cent of the electorate favoring a Dec. 1 $1.2 million measure for construction of a new junior-senior high school. · Voters Tuesday approved with a 75.6 yes vote Proposition No. I for $22,000 lo make repairs on Ihe roof of Ihe district's elementary school. Proposition No. 5 passed with a 63.9 per cent yes vote, providing the dislrict with $15,000 to purchase a new school bus which will replace ojie of the school's older buses. Proposition No. 3 .Wednesday morning had a 59.9 yes vote and 14 absentee ballots were still untallied. The Lewis County Auditor's Office said two of the 14 absentee ballots had not been returned yet. The two ballots still out must be received wilhin 10 days following Ih'e eleclion to be counted. If nine of the absentee ballols favor Ihe measure Proposition No. 3 for $30,000 to buy- books and supplies would stand approved. Proposition Nos. 2 and 4, however both failed to receive the necessary 60 per cent yes vote needed for approval. Proposition No. 2 received 54.6 per cent vote while Proposition No. 4 received 56.6 per cent yes vote. The first measure would have enabled Ihe school to hire some additional staff. The second would have enabled Ihe district to purchase some typewriters, desks and chairs and repair some broker, equipment. Onalaska School Dislrict Superintendent Pat Martin said Wednesday he is pleased the majority of people in" the district favor "a good, solid educational program." Martin said he is pleased with Ihe passage of Proposilion Nos. 1 and 5 but also concerned about what the district is going to do about personnel and capital outlay problems. "Overall," Martin said, however "I'm very pleased" with the election results. He observed the levy Tuesday had a much greater turnout than has occurred in Ihe recenl pasl levy defeats. Martin said he is also concerned aboul the stale requirement that Go per cent instead of a simple majority must support a levy to pass it. "A large majority wanl these things" for their children, Marlin said, "but the minority rules." "A majority very definitely" indicated they want good schools in Onalaska, Martin added. Martin said the school will continue to look for answers in the community. "Hopefully," he concluded, "we can justify the support that has been shown" by voters. Dozens killed in plane crash CHARLOTTE, N. C. AP) - An Eastern Air Lines jet carrying 78 passengers and a crew of four crashed today as it approached fog- shrouded Douglas Municipal Airport here. There appeared to be only !3 survivors. Area hospitals reported treating 13 persons, including Stewardess Coltelle Walson and Ihe jet's first officer, James M. Daniels Jr both based in Atlanta. "We are prclly assured lhat is all Ihe survivors," said William Rawlmgs, Ihe' airline's sales manager for Ihe Charlotte district Rescue officials set up a morgue at the Nalional Guard Armory, near Iheairporl. Rawlings said Easlern ground personnel were in contact with the jel momenls before it crashed. "Our Easlern people had no idea anything was wrong. Everything appeared normal. There was fog this morning but Ihe exacl cause we · do not know," he said. The plane, a DC9-30, was Easlern Flight 212, which had left Charleston, S.C., on schedule al 7 a.m. It crashed at 7:33 a.m aboul two miles from Ihe Charlotte airport. Hilpert, planners spar over meetings issue The Lewis County .Planning Commission acknowledged the receipt of a letter from Lewis Counly Commissioner Hamlet Hilpert Tuesday evening, bul disagreed with Ihe slalcmcnls contained in the ielter. Planning commission member Dave Bunting said Wednesday the teller from Hilperl expressed the opinion a county commission member who attends planning commission meelings can nol be impartial or objective when considering the products generated by the planning commission. Hilpert also urged the planning commission lo submit to Ihe county commission by Sept. 23 an article by · article review of one of Ihe several drafts of the short subdivision ordinance proposed by Ihe planning department. Bunting said Commissioner Hilpert expressed concern over the way planning and county commission hearings have been allowed to "degenerate into shouting matches." Contrary to Hilpert's view, Bunting said the planning commission fell it is "very much assisted" by Ihe attendance of a county commissioner at its meelings. Bunling also said Ihe planning commission does nol inlend to make "an arlicle by article" review of any of the planning department's discussion drafts of the proposed short subdivision ordinance. The planning commission does plan to refine its own draft ot the proposed ordinance, Bunling said, and submit that to the counly commission. Jim Williams, county planning director, was instructed by the planning commission to notify Hilpert by teller lhat a recommendation would not be made until at least Sepl. 24. The delay is due lo the Sept. 17 primary eleclion. Bunling said. Bunling also said the planning commission feels the hearings it has held have not degenerated into shouting matches, but have been conducted in accordance with established rules. entire matter is now under study " Hushen replied. At the same briefing. Hushen was asked whether his statement covered all persons connected with Watergate. "That is correct," he replied. Today, Hushen said his statement "should have been broader to say the President's pardoning power is what is under study." He said there have been several studies involving this authority, including the question of conditional amnesty for Vietnam draft evaders and deserters, and Ihe study that preceded the unconditional pardon granted Hichard M. \ixon Meanwhile. ,Kep. Kobcrl 11 Michel, It-Ill., who was at Ihe congressional meeting with Ford said the President had remarked that the Tuesday statement on pardons was misunderstood, and t h a t he was issuing a clarifying statemet lo"clear it up." Watergate Special Prosecutor I-eon Jaworski was described as strongly opposed lo the pardoning of defendants in the case. But persons f a m i l i a r with his reaction denied reports that Jaworski had expressed shock or outrage. The special prosecutor would not comment on the pardons controversy. ilu Chronicle Bones ore remains of 2 missing women SEATTLE IAP) - Dental records have eslablished lhat some of the human bones found last weekend near Lake Sammamish Slate Park easl of here are the remains of two young women who disappeared from the park in mid-July. Capt. J. N. Mackie of"the Seattle Police Department said Tuesday the remains are Ihose of Denise Marie Naslund, 18, of Seattle, and Janice Anne Oil, 23, of Issaquah. Both young women vanished July U from Lake Sammamish State Park two miles from the Issaquah site where the bones were discovered. Police say the bones found belong to at least three persons. University of Washington anlhropology professor Dr. Daris Swindler said Tuesday four additional spinal bones and a leg bone belong to a Ihird person. Mackie said neilher the sex nor age of the third person has been determined yet. Mrs. Oil and Miss Naslund were the fifth and sixth young women to vanish from Washington state this year. Police say the status of the other missing women remains a mystery. Authorities said Explorer Scouts would return Wednesday to continue their se'arch of the area where grouse hunters discovered the first bones Saturday. "We have noway of knowing thow many remains are located at the site)," Mackie said. "That's why we're staying up there." Mrs. OU, a probation officer for the King County juvenile court, was seen leaving the park with a young man who had.identified himself as "Ted" and wore a cast on one arm Witnesses said Mrs. Oil agreed lo go lo the parking lot with Ted to load his sailboat on his car. DENISEM. NASLUND Miss Naslund, who apparently didn't know Mrs. Oil, vanished laler lhat same afternoon afler leaving some friends lo walk to the restroom, police said. She worked part time for a Seattle secretarial service. Some clothing was found near the area where the bones were scal- lered, but police declined Tuesday to say whether weapons had been discovered. All of the bones discovered so far were found above the ground and police say animals -. may have scattered them. King County police Lt.' Richard Kraske said there are numerous coyotes in the hills outside Issaquah. Dr. Patrick Besant-Mathews, King Counly medical examiner, said Tuesday Ihere was no in- dicalion a person deliberately dismembered the bones. "In a case like this," he said, "you Ihink of animals first and people JANICE A. OTT second. If the bones were sawed clean through, it would indicate a person. But the ends of some ot these long bones are missing and that is the part an animal would chew." Police say they have not yet determined how Ihe women were killed. Mackie said tjf knew nothing new about Ted, "lhat 1 can give out." He said police'are not close to an arrest at this time. The other young women missing in Washington include: Lynda Ann Healy, 21. a University of Washington coed who disappeared Jan. 31; Donna Gail Manson, 19, of Auburn, missing since Feb. 21 from Ihe Evergreen State College in Olympia; Susan Elaine Rancourl, 18, Anchorage, Alaska, missing since April 17 from Central Washinglon Slale College. Eilcn- sburg; and Georgeann Hawkins, 18, Lakewood, missing since June 11 from Seattle's University district. FAIR AND WARMER Fair and warmer through Thursday, loco! morning fog of low clouds. High in low 80s. low in 50s. Northerly wind 10 lo 20 m.p.h. Complete weather on page 6. The Cenlralia City Commission was in a buying mood Tuesday. The commissioners authorized the calls for bids for furnishing four cars, two trucks and chloridation equipment. The spending spree followed a discussion of the preliminary budget of the Ccntralia Timberland Library which was presented to the commfssion by Ihe library board. The $71,567 budgcl includes a capital outlay request of $15,000 for preliminary planning for a new or remodeled building. Other planned purchases include movie projeclor, two desks, electric stove, five engraving pens and new shelving. The engraving pens would be for loan to patrons to use in identifying properly such as radio and television sets, tools, and other items. The proposed budget is about $11,000 higher lhan last year's and .nearly $19,000 above last year's final budget of $52,600. "You've come lo Ihe wrong place to ask for more money ihis year," Mayor Don Naismilh said. "The $15,000 is jusl nol in (he picture." "Last year's $10,000 figure was not in the picture," Mrs. Merle Bridgham. board chairman said. "Will it ever be in the picture?" Members of the board described the crowded condition in the library and estimaled that al least four limes as much space was needed if Ihe library was lo provide the services now furnished by modern libraries and expected of their patrons. Frank Hosa pointed out Ihe lack of reading room for those who want lo use Ihe library's reference works. "It's jusl aboul impossible lo do any research there," he said. The board members agreed the library was so packed there was hardly any place to work or sit down. Finance Commissioner Gary Ely said all the preliminary budgets should be in by Sept. 15 and the work of paring the budgets and fitting them into the money available will begin in earnest "We will do the bcslwecan,"hesaid. Chuck Dunham told the commissioners he considered a library a very important asset to any community and one of the criteria by which a [own is judged. "I urge the commissioners to take a good hard look at the budget and to cio whatever they can to help." he said. Bids on Ihe furnishing of a car for the engineering department carpool, a two-Ion, 1974 or 1975 model truck for the water-sewer department and chloridalion equipmeni for the intake oft the Newaukum River will all be opened Sept. 24. Bids on Ihe furnishing of ihrcc cars for the police department will be opened Oct. 1 and bids on the furnishing of a three-ton line truck g for Centralia City Light will be opened Oct. 8. The week of Sept. 17 through 23 was proclaimed Constitulion Week in Cenlralia by Mayor Naismilh Sepl. 17, marks Ihe 187th anniversary of the adoption of the constitution of the United Stales of America by Ihe Conslilulional Convention. The commissioners announced thai the Cenlralia Cily Commission would meet Monday al 2 p.m. next week. The meeting was moved ahead to permit Gary Ely. finance commissioner, to attend the State Finance Officers Convenlion at Ocean Shores Tuesday through Thursday. Chamber resolution supports landfill use A resolution in the form ol a protest lo (he Slate Department ol Ecology was adopted Monday by the Board of Directors of the Ccri- Iralia Chamber of Commerce. The resolution calls for conlinued use of Ihe Cenlralia Solid Waste Landfill Site for the disposal of solid waste. The possible forced closure of the Ccntralia garbage dump topped Ihe On the inside Cenlralia and Chehalis football fans are preparing for the annual Shrine game Saturday. Page 12. Incumbent Lewis County District Court Judge James B. Gober and his challenger, William (Bill) Lemke, slate their views on campaign issues. Page 20. School facilities are discussed as The Associated Press Task Force series continues. Pages C-2 and C-J. What will happen if the stale Supreme Court rules that special levies are unconstitutional. Morton School Superintendent Jack Brophy has some thoughts on the subject PageC-10. agenda Monday at the Board ol Directors meeting of Ihe Cenlralia Chamber of Commerce. Centralia Mayor Don Naismith and Public Works Commissioner Kd Conzatli were questioned aboul the outside pressure seeking lo force Centralia to close the site in favor ol a tawis County site known as the Alpha Sanitary landfill Sile. The Centralia Commissioners slated that Ihe present site was adequate for 15 more years of use al the present rate. They recommended thai the Cenlralia site be used as long as possible, which would also extend the life span of the proposed counly site. The members of Ihe Centralia Commission stated the present $2 per month per garbage can fee would undoubtedly have to be increased to pay for Ic^er hauling that would be required to the new Cenlralia Alpha sile. Counly Commissioner Hamlet Hilperl told the Chamber board he would prefer lo see the Centralia landfill site used as long as possible Department of Ecology officials have verbally informed Ihe Centralia Commission that the Cen- lralia fill site should be closed due to alleged pollution of ground water. Today in the News CROP IMPROVES - The nation's drought-shriveled corn crop, a key to much of the consumer food supply in 1975, has improved slightly as the result of recent rains but still will be 11 percent below last year's record harvest, the Agncullure Department said Wednesday. RAIDS NET MANY - Federal narcotics agents arrested nearly 100 persons early today in nationally coordinated raids against an illegal network of amphetamine sales in 10 cities including Seattle. In a simultaneous attack, Mexican authorities closed four laboratories where the pills were produced and illegally shipped to the United States. A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman said Ihe operation -described as the largest of its kind--"is a very great success." In all. 125 indictments were returned in the 1U cities and most of the suspects were described as middle class men in their mid-20s Related story on Seattle ring on Pg-6. JOBS FINANCED - President Ford announced today he has ordered the spending of $415 million to finance 85,000 public sector jobs in state and local governments. Ford said he will ask Secretary of Labor Peter J. Brcnnan to immediately disburse $65 million to those communities in which unemployment is highest. By the end of the month'. Ford said, another $350 million will be made available under the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act. INJUNCTION DISMISSED Superior Court Judge Horace Geer has dismissed a court injunction and contempt proceedings against striking Tacoma teachers at the request of the Tacoma School District. The request was made to avoid an appeal to the slate Supreme Court that would have delayed the case, school officials said. They indicated a new suit would be filed to force teachers lo return to work. Three lop Tacoma Alliance of Educators leaders and 64 picket captains had faced possible contempt of court charges for defying a court order to return to work. Negotiators for the district and teachers met again Wednesday morningafler negotiations broke off Sunday night. Tacoma schools remained closed as the strike entered its eighth day. OFFER ACCEPTED - City engineers voted Wednesday morning to accept a contract offer from the City of Seattle, averting a strike lhat could have involved most of the city's 8,000 public workers. A union business agent for the engineers said members voted overwhelmingly to accept an offer providing for an 11.6 per cent wage hike. STRIKE PREPARATIONS -Officials of the Washington Nurses Association have adopted a plan to provide professional nursing services to critically ill or emergency patients in Ihe event of a strike against hospitals. The registered nurses voted last week lo strike 18 Seattle area hospitals beginning at 7 a.m. Monday. CAR PRICES RAISED -Chrysler Corp. and American Motors today became Ihe last of the Big Four aulo makers to announce price raises for 1975 model cars. In separate actions, American announced thai prices would go up an average of $300 or 7.7 per cenl over comparably equipped 1974 vehicles, and Chrysler announced a boost of about $400 or 8.5 per cent. About $350 of the Chrysler increase is in the base price, the rest in price increases for optional equipmeni, the firm said. SOLON VICTOR - Hep. Hugh L. Carey scored a smashing victory in New York's Democralic primary for governor, while nine governors and five senators won easy rcnominaiion in Ihe last big round of primaries to pick candidates for the Nov. 5 elections. Death takes Centralian A Centralia man. Ernest G Grubb. died Tuesday at an Olympia hospital, where he had been hospitalized in critical condition since he was injured in a car accident Aug.3l. Grubb. 31. suffered severe head injuries and numerous lacerations in a one-vehicle accident on Old Highway 99. just north ol Ihe l,ewis- Thurston Counly line. The mishap occurred al 2-30 a m Saturday, Aug. 31. when Grubb' operating a 1967 car. struck a tree while attempting to pass another car. The Grand Mound Volunteer Fire Department and Fords Prairie Fire Department assisted in extracting ·he victim from the demolished vehicle. Obituary on page 15.

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